The field of online study has grown in the last decade as the convenience of online education has attracted more students with flexibility that traditional brick-and-mortar institutions cannot offer. Yet, with greater freedom comes greater responsibility. Here are four tips on how to optimize your online educational experience.
Tip #1 Avoid Procrastination
That’s right, I said it. I can say it because I am personally the King of Procrastinators. When you don’t have to be at a classroom at a specified time in order to study, it can become easy to put things off. The flexibility of online classes can be a double edged sword and can negatively impact your ability to pass. Recommend developing a schedule that works for you and doing your best to stick to it.
Tip #2 Take Advantage of All Online Resources
School sponsored online lectures, forums, tutorials and even this blog are all offered to you to enhance your experience. These activities, while frequently optional, are great opportunities to be exposed to knowledge outside of the textbooks. Recommend taking full advantage of them all. So we’ll see your comments here on the Allen Blog yes?
Tip #3 Monitor Your Progress Regularly
Without the daily, face-to-face with your professors, it can be easy to miss slippage in your academic performance. Make a point of checking your personal progress with regularity. If you notice a dip in performance, you can revisit your study techniques or explore additional online resources to help boost your output.
Tip #4 Manage Time Wisely
Related to Tip#1, time management is more than simply avoiding procrastination. It also requires that the time(s) you set aside as study time be properly chosen. You want to find time for study when you’re not too tired or otherwise occupied. In order to ensure good comprehension and absorbtion of the materials, avoid studying at times when you cannot be focused or when you’re too tired. Choose a time when you can fully concentrate.